thank you for sending in this request! I feel like this could have been better
but this is how it ended up being. Close to 2k words though so it might be a
little bit longer than what I normally would post but it’s alright. Anyways, I
really do hope you enjoy this and hopefully I did fulfill in your prompt nicely
(because this is such a great prompt too!).
PS: So I have this idea for a series that I really want to do for Peter / Spider-man but I have yet to sort out the details but once I do, I am definitely going to post it! Pretty excited to be attempting one.
days, you wake up feeling like you are living in a nightmare and honestly,
today, you feel like you might as well have been living in one. Sitting right
across Peter, you notice that he has long since stopped listening to you talk
about menial problems. You stop talking completely, wondering if Peter will
notice but after a minute passes by and he didn’t, you could feel your heart
something like this should not really offend you much – it probably would not
have, if you didn’t know the reason why Peter had stopped listening to you. So
you turn around to follow his gaze and a small sigh leaves your lips when you
realize that Peter is staring at none other than Liz Allen.
that a new top?” Peter murmurs as he continues to gaze at Liz lovingly,
longingly and it hurts because occasionally, you have worn new clothes too but
Peter has never said anything nor has he ever paid attention to what you are
wearing. Suddenly, your appetite is gone and you don’t even feel like eating
anymore. You feel your heart breaking again. “Blue is such a good colour on
her, don’t you think?”
being the best friend that he is, nods his head. “That top is old – but wearing
it with jeans, that’s new.” Ned points out and sometimes, you don’t know why you
even do this to yourself. You try to smile when Ned glances at you, finally
realizing that you have stopped talking. “Oh, sorry, Y/N.”
if realizing that you are there, Peter shakes his head and drags his gaze away
from Liz to you. He gives you a grin. “Hey, Y/N.” You don’t know what’s worse –
the fact that you have been sitting there the entire time, talking with Peter
and Ned or the fact that Peter has only just noticed you. “Uh, sorry – did you,
I am so sorry – I wasn’t listening. What were you talking about earlier?” He
asks you sheepishly, rubbing the back of his neck as he stares at you.
you don’t even know why you still continue to like him. Peter Parker has never
given you any glance – he has always had his eyes on Liz Allen. You knew that,
everyone knows that – Liz also probably also know that. You are hurting
yourself more by holding on to this crush of yours. Never once have the thought
of you hurting any worse could ever cross your mind but hearing Peter Parker
talk about Liz Allen right in front of you completely breaks your heart.
well up in your eyes and you swallow the sudden lump that appear in your
throat. You shake your head at him and stand up, surprising both Ned and Peter.
They share a glance with each other and you pick up your tray. “I – I just
remembered I have something to do. Sorry.” You couldn’t face him – you can’t
look at Peter and you really can’t take Peter looking at you without actually
seeing you. So you leave the table immediately, not even bothering to stay to
listen to any of their replies – right now, you don’t want anyone especially
not the two of them to see you crying.
frowns as his eyes follow your retreating figure. He keeps his eyes on you and
sighs before turning to look at Ned. “I think I’m going to head to class first.”
He tells his best friend and Ned frowns, glancing at his own tray. Peter gives
his friend a small smile, nudging him lightly. “You can eat, you know. I’m just
going to head to class first.” He informs Ned before picking up his own tray
and bringing it over to the Tray station.
quickly tries to chase after you because he honestly feels really bad for not
listening to you. He had been listening to you initially but he couldn’t
multi-task well enough the moment Liz walked in with her group of friends. To
be quite honest, Peter doesn’t really think he likes Liz as much as everyone
believes him to – he appreciates her beauty and might even adore her kindness
but that’s the extent to it. Peter sighs in disappointment when he can’t find
you at your locker either.
I should just text her tonight.” Peter mutters to himself when by the time the
bell rang, you are still nowhere to be found. His body is tense and he can feel
his chest tightening with something but he shakes his head. You probably still
have something to do and might even show up late to class but even as Peter
sits in class, he notices that as the time ticks by and the day slowly comes to
an end, he realizes that you never really showed up to class at all. The text
messages that he had sent to you remain unanswered too.
May.” Peter walks in to the apartment and May looks up from her work, greeting
him with a smile. Peter can’t even bring himself to return her smile. His heart
is hurting and he is just feeling absolutely confused right now, wondering if
he had done something wrong.
the dilemma Peter seems to be in, May approaches her nephew. “Are you alright,
Peter?” She asks softly, pressing her palm on his forehead. “You aren’t hot –
so you’re definitely not sick.” She drops her hand from his forehead and Peter
shakes his head.
not that – I’m fine, May.” Peter assures his aunt and May frowns as she looks
at him suspiciously. Peter looks at his aunt, holding her gaze for a few
seconds before sighing, admitting defeat. “I think I must have hurt my friend?”
raises one of her eyebrows. “Is that a question or a statement, Peter Parker?”
feel like I might have hurt my friend. She hasn’t replied any of my texts and I
didn’t even see her at all after break today and we were supposed to go over to
Ned’s for a movie marathon and she didn’t show up either.” Peter blurts out and
May stares at her nephew in surprise.
is the first time Peter has ever told her anything about this friend of his and
judging by the concerned expression Peter has on his face, May realizes that
you must mean something more to him than just a friend. “Do you like her?”
Instead of beating around the bush, May just goes straight to the point.
blinks a couple of time as he stares at his aunt. “Wha – What? What do you
mean?” Peter tries to play it off but when May looks at him expectantly, Peter
can’t help but nod his head. “Maybe I do have some feelings for her.” Peter
admits and right after he says it, he realizes how much he actually really
likes you. He lets out a groan when he realizes what he had been doing prior to
you leaving the table earlier. “What am I going to do, May?”
frowns. “Well, you need to tell me the entire story first because I can’t help
you if I don’t know what’s been going on.” She pulls Peter in to the apartment
and Peter relents. How can he literally be one of the smartest person in school
and yet still be one of the dumbest one there is? “Okay, tell me.”
You glance at the mirror you have placed
in your locker and wince at how puffy your eyes look like – you had cried
yourself to sleep yesterday and by the time you woke up, you didn’t feel like
answering any of Peter’s texts or calls nor did you show up for the movie
marathon at Ned’s place. You really didn’t feel like seeing him at all.
You hear someone clearing their throat
beside you and you frown before you pull back from your locker, closing the
door and that’s when you notice the hushed, excited whispers. You are greeted
with Peter Parker standing in front of you with a bouquet of roses and a very
nervous expression on his face. “What – what’s the meaning of this?” You dare
not hope that the roses are for you.
Peter swallows and he glances at you – now
that he is well aware of his feelings for you, Peter suddenly feels shy under
your watchful gaze. He takes note that your eyes are a little bit puffier this
morning and he wonders briefly if you had been crying the entire night and he
feels guiltier than he had been before but that’s why he is here with these
“I want to apo – apologize for you know, yesterday
and I,” Peter gulps and stares at you. “These roses are you – I mean, they are
for you and I am sorry for yesterday and I like you a whole lot and I regret
what I did yesterday and – “ Peter would have continued to ramble on and on if
you hadn’t stop him by placing your hand over his mouth.
With your heart racing against your chest,
you slowly pull your hand over his mouth. “C-Can you repeat what you have just
said?” Your eyes are wide in disbelief – did you really hear that correctly?
Did Peter say he likes you a whole lot.
Peter stares at you before nodding his
head slowly. “These flowers are for you.” He hands them over and you accept it,
taking a whiff of the lovely smell. “I just want to apologize for my actions yesterday
and I regret what I did yesterday too and are your – are your eyes swollen
because you have been crying?” Peter asks as he lifts one of his hands up to
your face, cupping cheek and your face flushes red.
“You forgot something else.” You murmur –
right at that moment, you can’t even hear your own voice because of how loud
your heart is beating in your ears. Peter stares at you and tilts his head to
the side. “You said… You said you liked me a whole lot.” You repeat his earlier
words. You see Peter gulping as he stares at you. “Is – Is that true, Peter?”
Peter drops his hand from your face – you
already miss the warmth that came from his hand – and he slowly nods his head
again. “Yeah – I like you a lot, Y/N and I am sorry it took me a while to
realize – “
This time around you cut Peter off by
throwing your arms around him laughing with relief. “I like you a whole lot
too, Peter!” You exclaim, not caring that everyone is literally staring at the
both of you right now – by the time the classes start, everyone’s probably
going to know about this thing between Peter and you.
You could tell that Peter is momentarily
taken aback by your confession but the moment it sinks, Peter pulls you to him,
wrapping his arms tightly around you before leaning back to smile at you. You
grin up at him and Peter leans down to give you a short, sweet kiss.
“Alright, lovebirds – break it up.” Ned
groans as he walks by and Peter pulls away, blushing furiously and you laugh in
to his shoulder at Ned’s words. “We are going to be late for class. The bell
rang a few minutes ago.” He tells the both of you with a deadpan expression and
Peter laughs before releasing his hold on you. He takes your hand instead and
pulls you in the direction of class.
He remained by your side that whole night and then every night after that, holding you against him to keep you warm and safe and there was nowhere else in the world he would rather be. You had been in and out of consciousness for the next few days and yet Robb would still talk to you and stay with you no matter how often he was told to leave you by his parents and Jon. Robb still wasn’t quite sure whether you had heard what he said all them nights ago when he made his biggest confession and he couldn’t decide whether he had wanted you to or not.
If you had you may not feel the same, you would run back to your home leaving him alone again heading slowly towards an arranged marriage with no love and a heart longing for you.
You had been sat alone longing to go outside and stop proving to be an inconvenience or the Stark family for a long while when your door opened at lat with Robb on the other side, “Lady (y/n), I’m sorry I didn’t realise you were up.” He blushed a little but still smiled at you, closing your door while carrying a large fur,
“Why, would you prefer to see me asleep, Lord Stark?” you joked making him blush more,
“I, I just did not want to disturb you.” His little stutter was cute and made you smile, “I had these made for you, the furs are thicker and warmer than any other. I thought you should need them as the nurses say you may leave soon.” You bushed as he played the furs on your bed’s edge allowing you to run your hand through it,
“You had these made?” you looked up at him in awe yet he was already looking at you almost adoringly,
“Of course, I cannot have you getting so sick again, I could not risk that.” The two of you had never discussed the way Robb had woken up next to you so many times recently, or how often he would sit with you when he thought you were sleeping, “I shall leave you to get some rest, my lady.” Robb seemed to panic for a moment on the first address of the way he had looked after you so intently. Robb turned to leave, almost stepping through the door when you interrupted his movements,
“I heard you, Robb.” He looked at you quickly, stoping completely but didn’t say anything, “I heard your confession. You asked me not to let go, to stay for you and I did but only for you.” Robb closed he door again and finally turned to look at you fully, “I felt your hand running through my hair and that one tear.” As you spoke Robb came back to your bed sitting on the far side and looking away, “Why did you cry, my lord?”
He finally looked you in the eyes, “because I was scared”
“You? Lord Stark, the young wolf was scared?” you mocked but in a joking tone and your voice was sweet and quiet,
“I was terrified.”
“Of what, Robb” your first use of his first name so tenderly made him scoot closer to you taking your hand in his larger one,
“Of losing the only woman I adore with all my heart.” With them words and him looking into your (e/c) eyes with so much love you leant forward to him and closed the too big of a gap. His lips were soft and gentle yet contrasted the tickle caused by his beard and moustache - not that you cared. Ever since that night, all you could think about was his words and his promise to make you a Stark.
“Did you mean it?” you asked timidly, “about me joining your family?”
“Of course I did, my love. You have never been treated well by your family and it is wrong.” His hand left yours and rested on your cheek, his thumb brushing over your slightly red lips, “As much as I dislike your father I would be willing to walk across Westeros to him just to ask him for your hand and take you as my own. To take you away from his and your brother’s overbearing arrogance.” You smiled again at his words, this time a tear falling from your eye with the sheer joy of feeling truly loved for the first time since your mother died.
“Thank you. Thank you so, so much.” You buried your head into his shoulder as he pulled you close, wrapping his arms around your waist properly for the first time since your illness and burying his face in your hair before moving you to wipe the few tears away from your cheeks.
“There is no need to thank me, (y/n). I love you and that is simple, any man as madly intoxicated by love as I am would do that for a woman as beautiful as yourself.” Once again you connected your lips to his this time running your hand through his curls and leaving your fingers entwined in them as you pulled away only slightly,
“The moment I met you my life became extraordinary. You’re the last person I want to see when I close my eyes at night and to be the first thing I see when I wake up every day. The past days where that became a reality were the happiest days I have ever had and I do believe that I love you” Your bold statement left Robb grinning from ear to ear,
“I must tell my father at once, how would you feel about one day ruling the North?”
“I think I may just get used to it,” you smirked pressing your forehead to Robb’s and resting your hand on his cheek sharing his breaths before he finally pulled away giving you one final look before leaving to find his father.
“Father, I would,”
“You would like to ask for Lady (y/n)’s hand in marriage.” Ned smirked up from his paperwork at his son’s confusion, “servants talk, son” he laughed moving around to Robb and patting his shoulder firmly, “So our eldest is in love.”
“Indeed father, I couldn’t imagine anyone else but her. I do not believe mother approves, however.”
“Aye, but that’s just her worry for you. She will come around to the idea.” The pair walked across the courtyard and Robb could not resist looking up to your window, that had now been opened a little, just to see you glancing out over the views of the North, “You must be careful for now, Robb.”
“What do you mean?”
“People talk. I am sure your intentions were good and honest but seeking into an unconscious girls room and staying by her side makes people talk, and the rumours are that lady (y/n)’s father has heard news of this.” Robb looked at his father questioningly, “He plans to ride here, soon.”
In 1992, Bill Clinton was facing an uphill battle against incumbent President George H. W. Bush for the highest office in the land. Bush may have been leader of the free world, but nobody ever accused him of being “cool.” That’s a weakness Clinton soon capitalized on, donning a pair of Ray-Bans and playing the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It was ridiculous, it was entirely out of character for a serious politician, and it totally worked.
The saxophone stunt wasn’t merely a ploy to make Clinton seem hip and accessible. It was that, but more importantly, it was an attempt to distract voters from a sex scandal that he was embroiled in. This would become somewhat of a running theme in his career. Years before Monica Lewinsky, there was Gennifer Flowers, who went to the press during Clinton’s campaign to claim that he’d been having an affair with her. This, of course, was back in the days when accusations of infidelity and sexual impropriety could cost you a presidential bid.
In response, one of Clinton’s campaign advisors, Mandy Grunwald, suggested a radical new strategy, in which the 46-year-old Arkansas governor would be presented as a hip young dude, while also using the national platform to dismiss Flowers’ accusations. Grunwald’s pop culture bombardment technique landed Clinton the cover of several gossip magazines, as well as Nightline, Phil Donahue, Don Imus, and a pretty solid Simpsons gag. And the night on Hall’s show would have been another run-of-the-mill talk show interview had Grunwald not been there. At the last minute, before Clinton went on the air, his advisors made him change his tie, handed him a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and a sax, and told him to break America’s heart – but in a good way this time.